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main image Ruined clachan, North Rona, Outer Hebrides
In the Highlands and Islands the term 'clachan' is used to refer to a 'fermtoun' – a joint tenancy farm.

The clachan on North Rona consisted of five households with associated 'lazy-beds' – cultivation strips made by sandwiching layers of turf.

North Rona was evacuated, but in the 1930s it was the subject of a prolonged visit, and subsequent books, by the naturalist Frank Fraser Darling. It is now a national nature reserve.

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